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Overwatch players think Competitive level requirement needs to be raised

Published: 8/Jul/2019 22:50 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 9:48

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch players on Reddit think that the level required to begin Competitive matches should be raised to make it more difficult for “smurf” accounts to get going.

Smurfing is when a (usually) experienced player makes a new account to pose as a newbie and get the experience of climbing up the ranks again, in some cases.

A player named FalloutPipBoy on Reddit suggested raising the level requirement for players to join Competitive matches higher than the 25 it currently is.

Blizzard EntertainmentWidowmaker is a popular pick for some Smurf players.

The solution to smurfs?

FalloutPipBoy suggested raising the Competitive level requirement from 25 to 75, specifically to make it harder for so-called “smurfs” to get going with their new accounts.

Based on the amount of upvotes their idea currently has on Reddit, about 8,000 at the time of writing, it seems quite a few people think the idea would work as well.

Some users suggested only raising the requirement to level 50, to save time for new players who aren’t smurfs and not discourage them from playing Comp.

There were other interesting suggestions, like requiring a cell phone number to be attached to an account in order to play Competitive, but overall it seems like a level requirement raise was favored by most players, on Reddit at least.

ZylbradSome players think the current requirement of level 25 is too low to deter smurfing.

Major changes coming to Overwatch?

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan did tease “major changes” coming to Overwatch this summer, but whether or not raising the Competitive requirement is one of them remains unknown.

Smurfs have been one of the biggest complaints from Overwatch players on both PC and console for awhile now, but so far Blizzard hasn’t really shown any indication that they’ll do anything about it.

Blizzard EntertainmentSalvation from smurfs might not be coming anytime soon.

With no word of anything being done about smurfs, Overwatch players may just have to deal with it for the foreseeable future.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.